RAFI, designed by Luchetti Krelle, is a sprawling new venue in North Sydney, drawing patrons in with a maximalist, European-inspired inside, and break up throughout 4 zones to supply an assortment of eating experiences.
House owners Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts are behind a collection of Sydney’s treasured eating places and bars – The Butler in Potts Level, Bopp and Tone within the CBD, Impartial Bay’s SoCal (all designed by Luchetti Krelle), and The Botanist in Kirribilli. RAFI delivers the identical richly layered inside and eclectic mishmash of design components as its sister venues, with its personal distinctively playful, Mediterranean really feel.
“We’ve labored on a few initiatives in Sydney with Ben and Hamish,” mentioned Luchetti Krelle principal Stuart Krelle. “Bopp and Tone is an ode to their grandfathers and RAFI was named in honour of their [respective] youngsters [Raffaella, Aurora, Frankie and Indio]. Primarily based on its identify, we wished the area to have a youthful power round it, and that led us down the trail of making a vibrant mixture of patterns and supplies.”
Inside, geometric shapes and daring main colors function prominently. Layered cork traces the sliding doorways of the non-public eating room, whereas a tapestry of ground tiles has been organized in geometric patterns. There’s chequered granite and terracotta, timber parquetry and marble, and a vibrant silk carpet within the non-public eating room designed by the Indigenous artist, Colleen Ngwarraye Morton (from the collaboration between Willie Weston and Cadrys).
Even tabletops tackle varied shapes and configurations, starting from squares, rectangles, to circles with scalloped edges, with the thrilling variety of a youngsters’s toybox. Summary artworks bookend the principle eating area, with colors and shapes that mirror RAFI’s unbridled spirit.
The snaking inside boasts a 300-person seating capability and gives every little thing from informal bar-height snacking to intimate eating. The semi-alfresco glasshouse, designed to evoke lengthy European summers spent outdoor, is the perfect place for a spontaneous aperitivo.
“The Arbor wraps across the beneficiant outside tree-lined terrace alongside the doorway of RAFI,” mentioned Krelle. “Its crisp-white arabesque arches exchange a four-post construction comprising jarring angular framework.”
Luchetti Krelle’s eclectic design and dense materials palette caters for each sort of eating expertise. Situated in Sydney’s central enterprise hub, it’s a vivid and breezy sanctuary to peel off to after work, or to lazily pore over an extended lunch.